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Riemann hypothesis finally gets resolved!

Sherlock

Member
Jan 28, 2012
59
Happy April fool's day! (Rofl)
 

Evgeny.Makarov

Well-known member
MHB Math Scholar
Jan 30, 2012
2,492
And just in the nick of time for the UK!
 

Sherlock

Member
Jan 28, 2012
59
And just in the nick of time for the UK!
You noticed! (Rofl)

I find it amazing that this problem is not solved. I think it probably received more attention than any other problem in mathematics.
 

Jameson

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 26, 2012
4,043
I was thinking about doing this earlier!! I'm happy someone else posted this joke. When I was in middle school I read about the Riemann Hypothesis for the first time and wanted so badly to prove it. How quickly I realized that this was never going to happen but I am still hoping that it will be proven in my lifetime :)
 

chisigma

Well-known member
Feb 13, 2012
1,704
The 'fable' of the April Fool regarding the Riemann Hypothesis is 'almost automatically associated' to the Italian mathematician Enrico Bombieri but, in my opinion, it has been a sort of 'wrong replay' of a very more amusing 'piece of junk' that had as protagonist the British mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy. 'G.H' was a really 'odd' personality and as support of that one remembers that he was 'terrified' by his own image reflected by a mirror. But more and more incredible is the following 'story' that was referred by his friend and colleague John Edensor Littlewood. To well understand the story it is necessary to say that 'G.H.' was strongly atheist, but also in that he was is some way 'unconventional'. Around the year 1911 'G.H.' made a trip to Danemark to meet the famous physicist Niels Bohr and before to start the return trip on the sea he sent a telegram to Littlewood to announce his homecoming. Littlewood received the telegram and few hours after he received a second telegram from 'G.H.' in which he announced to have 'demonstrated' the Riemann Hypothesis. Littlewood was of course surprised but the real big 'surprise' was when 'G.H.' , finally come safely home, revealed him that the 'demonstration' was a fake and supplied the following reason for his 'odd behavior'. During the return trip on sea a strong storm was broken out and hi had seriously feared for his life, so that he 'turned to God' reasoning in that way: if God exists He hates me... if God hates me, He won't permit that I die and the 'legend' of my demonstration of the Riemann Hypothesis survives (Nerd)...

Kind regards

$\chi$ $\sigma$